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  • 52 Cupcakes – #26 Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

    Can you believe it? We are at the half way mark of the 52 cupcake series. And I have a good one for you today – the Andes Mint cupcake, except I didn’t have any Andes Mints… so it’s the chocolate mint cupcake. Same recipe, just used mini chocolate chips to decorate instead of the heavenly Andes Mints as garnish.



    I spent the morning at the hospital while Sam got tubes put in her ears. She recovered very well. So during her nap, I was able to make these cupcakes. I was happy for 2 reasons. First, the cupcakes turned out great. And second, I was able to listen to some music while baking, instead of watching the 5th episode of Mickey Mouse club. Double bonus.

    This recipe was super easy to follow. This cupcake has a chocolate mint filling that is scrumptious and thin enough to pipe right into the cupcake. No need to cut out any of the center of the cupcake. Super simple. And I love super simple. And the frosting calls for green food coloring and I made them look a little too much like the jolly green giant instead of minty, but they tasted perfect. And that’s the look I was going for intentionally, ok?

    The only problem I had was that I filled some of my cupcake liners a little too full. Make sure you fill the liners up to only 2/3 full (like the recipe calls for).

    This cupcake was recommended by one of my readers a couple weeks back and has been on my list to make. While the cupcakes were baking, I got lost on Mel’s site. I loved reading all about her, her 4 boys, her husband that works for a cheese company (heaven!), and her desire to fix healthy food for her family, while still enjoying the occasional treat. And I’m so trying her beef and broccoli recipe this week. Oh yes, I am friends.

    So go check out Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and tell her I sent you. Go here for the recipe for the Andes Mint cupcakes.



    And you know that you are warping your children when they start taking pictures of each other holding cupcakes. That’s right, I didn’t take this picture. Not sure to be proud or to call a counselor for my 2 girls. Their future husbands are not going to like me, as they are starting to take pictures of all their food. :)

    Blessings sweet friends, Jenny

    If you are new to my site, welcome! I’m so glad you’ve joined me on my 52 cupcake journey.Like what you see? I would love for you follow along on this crazy adventure of mine by subscribing to my blog and joining me on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.

    Story of the 52 cupcakes:

    I am making 52 cupcakes this year in honor of my chemotherapy buddy. When we were undergoing chemotherapy, people would bring cupcakes and other treats to the chemotherapy “lounge”. We would smile, laugh, and talk about how we were so nauseous and that all we could eat was saltine crackers and Sprite. We were glad that our family and friends were comforted by them though.My friend said, “If we survive this disease, we should eat a different cupcake every week for the rest of our lives.” My friend did not survive. So in honor of him, I am making a different cupcake every week for a year. Every time I make a new cupcake and lick my fingers, I think of him and his zest for life. So in honor of my friend and all cancer patients, I challenge you to eat a cupcake today and remember to always lick your fingers.

    To see all cupcakes in this series, go here.




    I love the premise of your blog – what a sweet message. Thank you for sharing! I’m happy these mint cupcakes worked out so well and I think it’s adorable that your kids are taking pictures of food already. Mission accomplished!

    15 February 2012 at 7:47 pm Reply

      Thank you, Mel. And your site is lovely. I’m so glad these were suggested. I’ve met so many amazing bakers through this journey and am thrilled to have come across your site in my journey. Looking forward to trying out your recipes. Happy belated birthday – here’s to a wonderful healthy and joyous year. -Jenny

      15 February 2012 at 8:08 pm Reply
    jenn hen

    My husbands birthday is approaching quickly – he has an.undying love for chocolate and mint preferring the two together …this looks simple and delicious!!!!!

    16 February 2012 at 5:40 am Reply

      It’s really simple, and more importantly, delicious! Hope your husband enjoys them on his special day.

      16 February 2012 at 6:25 am Reply

    Hey Jenny! Love what you are doing and following your list! I have thought about something like this too, so I was so excited to see what you have tried. I haven’t looked at them all, so I don’t know if you have tried this or not, but for my daughter’s birthday last week we did our own version of these: http://www.thesisterscafe.com/2011/02/lindt-truffle-chocolate-cupcakes. Oh. My. Word. We put the truffles in the bottom and spooned the cake batter around them (because I couldn’t find the instructions when it was time to bake them). They turned out fine with the truffle intermingling with the cake batter in the bottom of the cupcake. Kind of a candy coated bottom. I want to do them again now, though, the “right” way (how do you go wrong with Lindt truffles?! Happy Cupcaking!

    16 February 2012 at 7:33 am Reply

      Ooo.. thanks Mandy. I am just loving all the suggestions, so I will definitely try them sometime in the near future. So glad you are enjoying this journey with me. And so glad you are spending time with your daughter making these cupcakes. I’ve loved this new found hobby and the special time I’ve had with the girls. Now if I could just get them to stop arguing about who gets to crack the eggs! – Jenny

      17 February 2012 at 11:01 am Reply
    sarabeth burke

    holy deliciousness! thanks for sharing this :)

    definitely making these this weekend!


    16 February 2012 at 8:53 am Reply

      Holy deliciousness is right Sarabeth. They were good – hope you enjoy them as much as my family and the swim coaches did. -Jenny

      17 February 2012 at 11:01 am Reply

    Jenny, You totally cracked me up with the part about your girls taking pictures of all their food and their future husbands not liking you! I so love your blog. It inspires me. The zest you have for life is infectious!
    Blessings to you dear one!

    16 February 2012 at 8:34 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Molly – your compliments made me smile. And yes, I already feel bad for my future son-in-laws. When we all go to a family meal and 4 girls take pictures of their food before eating, hopefully the men will just talk and entertain themselves!

      17 February 2012 at 11:03 am Reply
    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)

    I love chocolate mint! These remind me of Thin Mints, my favorite Girl Scout cookie. They’d be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

    19 February 2012 at 11:47 am Reply

      These are delicious. And thin mints and samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookies for sure. Our first box of thin mints is gone and we still have one day left of the swim meet. I need to ban them from my home! :)

      19 February 2012 at 8:41 pm Reply

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